Javier Perez Fernandez

Javier Perez Fernandez

Business Analyst, Scrum Master, Spain

The importance of a proper understanding of Minimum Viable Product.

„Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale“, „Simplicity–the art of maximizing the amount of work not done–is essential” and "Working software is the primary measure of progress“.

Those are the three agile principles which are the base for developing the minimum viable product. In our study case, it will be presented what happened in a team that didn't follow them. The team had the following characteristics:

  1. All team members but the scrum master were new in the company.
  2. The goal of the team was to develop a new search component.
  3. The product owner was new in scrum and had no knowledge about search engines.
  4. The developers had not previous experience with agile.
  5. One of the developers had a strong elasticsearch background.
  6. A low experienced scrum master.

First we will study what actions were taken by the scrum master and how they affected the team, explaining its whole story. We will identify organizational and scrum master mistakes and we will answer those questions:

• What problems should have been detected? • Which were the warnings that the scrum master should have identified? • What could have been done better?

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About Javier Perez Fernandez

Javier has developed most of his career in Spain working first as programmer and then as Business Analyst under classic project management models. He moved to one of the Berlin’s most successful start- up, where he got chance to become Scrum Master of a multicultural development team, in which none of its members had experience in Scrum. Javier with just his Scrum Master certification faced the responsibility of evolving the team and became a change agent in the organization. After one year in which Javier helped four different teams in their agile journey, trying different techniques which each one, has discovered Agile as his passion. He believes that human behavior and team dynamics are key factors for success in any project. Javier received a master’s in computer science at the Faculty of Engineering, Pontificia Comilla University in Madrid.